CAHSEE ELA: Literary Genres Drill 6, Problem 2. Which of the following is a characteristic of dramatic monologue?
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We like to remember this prefix by thinking about a monocle—the single lensed eyeglass
that helps Mr. Peanut to see.
Since we know that "mono" means one, we feel safe eliminating (C), since it seems to be
under the impression that a monologue is more than one person talking.
Choice (B) we can also eliminate.
What kind of playwright worth his salt would make us listen to a monologue that didn't
reveal anything about a character?
He might as well just put a brick on stage and make everybody stare at it.
We'll nix (B) for being a bad idea, and keep our fingers crossed that we don't see Brick
on Broadway any time soon. Choices (A) and (D) both sound like sensible
answers, and they pitch the idea that a monologue is only one person talking.
To choose between these two, we have to remember that the term "soliloquy" is used to describe
when a character is talking to his or herself.
This lets us cross off choice (A) and dub (D) the correct answer.
Hm... so maybe there's someone in that shower WITH you...
Well done, playa.